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Gabriele Basilico’s works on display at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie

  • 24

    June 2009
  • 30

    August 2009
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris  

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie presents a selection of photographs made by Gabriele Basilico during the restoration of Teatro Carignano in Turin



Historical centrepiece of Turin, Teatro Carignano has undergone major restoration work to make it more functional and better equipped to respond to contemporary demands, a technological transformation documented in detail by Gabriele Basilico. The results of his work were presented and brought together in a collection that will be exhibited in Paris at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, with the support of UniCredit Group and Fondazione Crt, from June 24 to August 30.


Basilico, a well-known photographer with a degree in Architecture, famous for his research into cities and industrial landscapes, took a wide range of black and white photos between 2007 and January 2009 using his trademark 10x12 camera.


In his work, the exploration of the Teatro Carignano worksite is conceived as an internal journey; the lens penetrates through to the core of a system of scaffolding that fills the space making it invisible and incomprehensible. The photographer documents the various stages of the restoration process and proposes a new geography of this fascinating location. The trick is to view it as the result of an endoscopy, a sublime examination of that which has been hidden and that the spectator will never see again: the unseen bit of one of the most stunning theatres in Italy, which will once again bask in the limelight.


The exhibition form part of the Piémont, une définition project. The aim is not just to create an archive, but rather an artistic heritage that highlights the artistic creativity of the region. The project, directed by Adele Re Rebaudengo, involves one artist per year. After Alain Fleisher in 2006 and William Klein in 2007, 2008 saw Gabriele Basilico take on the commitment.



(picture: Gabriele Basilico, Teatro Carignano, 2009)




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